Juicing 101: Tools and Benefits

Juices are concentrated nutritional elixirs. Incorporating juices into your diet encompasses a vast smorgasbord of tastes and flavors. There is something for everyone. Imagine eating a meal of spinach, parsley, sprouts, tomatoes, lemon, celery, radishes, green pepper and cucumber. Ordinarily, considering the woeful state of America’s digestion, we would be lucky to digest half of it. But once you separate the cellulose from the liquid portion of these vital foods, even those with weak digestion, will be able to absorb and assimilate its maximum food value. The beauty of properly extracted and filtered juice, is that it demands little to no digestive effort from the stomach. This condensing of pounds of valuable foods into a single glass while simultaneously maximizing assimilation is what makes drinking juices special. One pound of carrots, for example, makes 10 ounces of carrot juice. Even the most frail could easily drink that in a minute. But who can consume a pound of carrots? Yet the enzymes, water soluble vitamins, minerals and trace elements in those carrots are condensed into a glass of fresh squeezed carrot juice.

How Much, How Often?

What are the proportions? There are overeaters and perhaps over-drinkers as well. Generally, up to 16 ounces is an average portion. You can drink more. But gorging on juice is symptomatic of an imbalance just as gorging on food. Therefore, one or two drinks per day is average. However, if you are striving for a therapeutic goal, there are programs that recommend as much as one drink per hour.

The Healing Properties of Vegetables & Juicing

  • Cold Fighter: Carrot, Lemon, Radish, Ginger, Garlic
  • Hay Fever Reliever: Carrot, Celery, Radish, Ginger
  • Immune Booster: Carrot, Celery, Parsley, Garlic
  • Memory Booster: Carrot, Parsley, Spinach, Kale
  • Stress Reliever: Carrot, Celery, Kale, Parsley, Broccoli, Tomato
  • Headache Helper: Carrot, Celery, Parsley, Spinach
  • Detoxifier: Apple, Beet, Cucumber, Ginger
  • Antioxidant Cocktail: Carrot, Orange, Green Pepper, Ginger
  • Anti-Cholesterol: Carrot, Parsley, Spinach, Garlic, Tabasco Sauce
  • Liver Cleanser: Carrot, Apple, Beet, Parsley
  • Gallstones: Lemon juice (include ‘Limonene’ from white pith)
  • Laxative: Lemon – In hot water, first thing in morning
  • Electrolyte balance: Celery
  • Liver detox: Wheatgrass
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Barley Grass Juice powder
  • Digestive: Pineapple, Papaya
  • Arthritis: Wheatgrass. All greens. 

Choosing Your Juicer

Price, clean-up, and ease-of-use are the two foremost factors to consider when buying a juicing machine. Regular use is the secret to success with juice therapy. Juicing only once per week because it is too much of a bother will not benefit you even with if you buy a $1,000 juicer. All machines have to be assembled and disassembled for use. The centrifugal machines usually have a cutter blade, a clutch, bowl and cover to remove and clean. The triturators have a cutter blade, a screen, a screen housing and a juicer body. You can discuss and compare the differences in handling the parts of these two types of juicers ad infinitum. But in either case, you have to handle 3 or 4 parts in order to clean and reassemble the machines. The pulp-ejector machines are slightly more advantageous if you need to juice more than half a gallon at a time. This process expels the pulp continuously during the juicer operation. The other juicers collect the pulp in the spinning basket which has to be emptied every one or two quarts. This is not often an issue unless you are juicing up a storm for the whole family or making a gallon for your juice fast.